In the name of progress and prosperity for our country, we must open ourselves up to a host of educational strategies, options and experiments to advance student learning. We must hold firm that with an education and a dream, every American can make his or her own success.
Although some people really want to improve the system for our children, there are also those who see our schools as a way to bring about their vision of a 21st century America -- which sometimes looks a lot like 1984.
Eliminating "tenure" may be politically popular, but eroding due process and the 'just cause' standard creates an environment where even good teachers can be fired just 'cause it serves some other interest.
An election like this one always calls for both moral centering and political recalibration. Leaders of both parties were talking the morning after the election about cooperation to solve the nation's problems. That will likely also take a movement.
Geoff Canada looks to be taking on the most unusual challenge of his career. The Harlem Children's Zone founder is in talks to bring his cradle-to-college education formula to the Roma (Gypsy) children of Hungary.
With the recent coverage of tuition hikes and talks of President Obama's plan to reform education lending, it's increasingly clear that the future of students' educations are in the hands of individuals.
Both President Obama and the California State Board of Education must enforce civil rights policies. And they should also fairly consider other school choice options, instead of just focusing on charters.